Proposition 31 establishes a two-year state budget, and changes certain fiscal responsibilities of the Governor and the Legislature. State and local budgeting and oversight procedures would be changed. Local governments that create plans to coordinate services would receive funding from the state and could develop their own procedures for administering state programs.
For more information on this proposition, including voter resources, in-depth analysis, and endorsements, please see the California Choices web site.
Proponents of Prop. 31 claim that the measure forces state politicians to be justify any new spending projects with a transparent finance source. They also claim the measure will provide voters and taxpayers with the chance to review budgets before they're passed and impose constraints on new government spending. Proponents also say that the measure will give local governments much needed control over their own budgets and demand accountability from them.
Opponents believe that Prop. 31 will make the government less effective and more cumbersome in operation. They believe that it will allow politicians to alter or override laws which currently provide much needed air quality and public health protections. They also claim that Prop. 31 will make it nearly impossible to increase funding to education.